TEL AVIV (Aug. 12)
The big guns along the Suez Canal were silent last night and today, but five Israeli civilians were killed and four Israelis and 14 Arabs were injured in four incidents. The five Israelis were killed last night when their jeep hit a mine in the Golan Heights, near the demarcation line. The victims, three women and two men, were from Ramat Magshimim settlement in the Heights. Four Israeli soldiers were injured today about noon when their vehicle hit a mine in the Judean desert five miles north of Ein Geddi. Two Israeli civilians were injured today by a hand grenade in the Sadjiyah area of the Gaza Strip. Fourteen local Arabs, many of them children, were injured this morning in Rafiah, in the southern sector of the Gaza Strip, by an errant explosive apparently aimed at an Israeli patrol vehicle. Israeli security police are investigating the incidents. Suspects were detained in connection with the Sadjiyah incident.
Israeli planes attacked terrorist bases on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Hermon for 50 minutes this afternoon, returning safely. The strikes on the “Fatah Land” targets, like those yesterday, were in response to shooting from that territory Monday night and the injuring of an Israeli guard. Israeli patrols in the Beisan Valley, which were fired on yesterday morning, were fired on twice last night, without Israeli casualties. The fire was returned. Bazooka and mortar shells were fired from Syrian territory last night at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, causing no casualties. An Israeli Army spokesman reported today that there were two encounters with saboteurs in the Hebron area and in the Samaria district in July. He said four terrorists had been killed and three captured and that none of the Israelis had been hit.